Seven arrested in firearms seige

Seven people have been arrested after police seized three firearms in a preplanned operation in Northumberland.

Armed officers stopped a Vauxhall Vectra in the North Seaton area of Ashington at 1:35pm on Saturday 24 March. They found what is believed to be a rifle and handgun in the boot of the car.

The two weapons were seized and a 36-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were arrested at the scene.

Police carried out enquiries in the North Seaton and Newbiggin areas and an air weapon and a quantity of firearms ammunition were seized from properties.

Two men, aged 51 and 60, two women, aged 56 and 32, and a juvenile were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and are in police custody.

This was a preplanned intelligence led operation that has led to a number of arrests and potentially dangerous weapons being seized by officers. We take reports of firearms and weapons extremely seriously and will always take action if we have reason to believe people are in possession of illegal weapons. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and officers from the local neighbourhood teams will be carrying out extra high visibility patrols in the North Seaton and Newbiggin areas - speaking to and reassuring residents.

– Superintendent Dianne Winship, Northumberland Police